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Jalali: US Officials Behavior in Defending Human Rights Is Hypocritical

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TEHRAN, August 7 (ICANA) – A senior Iranian lawmaker has slammed Washington for its "hypocritical" stance on human rights issue.
Sunday, August 07, 2011 11:14:00 PM
Jalali: US Officials Behavior in Defending Human Rights Is Hypocritical

"The Americans keep claiming advocacy for human rights and humanitarian issues but they have kept mum on the big crimes being committed in Bahrain and have renewed an agreement which would result in escalation of the Bahraini people's suppression," said Kazem Jalali, rapporteur of the Majlis National Security and Foreign Policy Commission on Sunday.

A new report has revealed that the United States and Bahrain secretly renewed a military pact for five years beyond its original deadline.

Citing a recent report by the Congressional Research Service, the Washington Post said in its report that the administration of former US President George W. Bush and the Bahraini regime extended a deal as early as 2002 when Washington designated the tiny Persian Gulf state as a “major non-NATO ally.”

The two countries first signed the 10-year military pact on October 28, 1991 seven months after the Persian Gulf War.

In 2001, the contract was prolonged until 2011, but was later secretly extended until 2016.

According to the deal, the US can use military bases in Bahrain where the US Navy's 5th Fleet is headquartered.

Speaking to ICANA, Jalali said the US has always been after the presence of its 5th Fleet inside Bahrain. He also accused the US of letting Saudi Arabia maintain a military presence in Bahrain to suppress the Bahraini people with the aid of the Manama regime.

The military pact also allows the US to train Bahrain's military forces, according to a report released by the US Congressional Research Service.

The development comes as the Al Khalifa regime continues a brutal crackdown on popular anti-government protests in the Middle Eastern country.

In mid-March, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates deployed their military forces in Bahrain to assist the Manama regime in its brutal crackdown on protests in the tiny Persian Gulf sheikdom.

The Al Khalifa regime has also been engaged in arresting rights activists, opposition figures, journalists, former lawmakers, senior clerics, doctors and nurses.

Both the United Nations Human Rights office and Amnesty International have condemned the Bahraini regime's brutal crackdown on and detention of peaceful anti-government protesters.

The United States also has supported the repression of peaceful protests in the tiny Persian Gulf state.

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